Edward Barclay
Associate Pastor - First Baptist Church of Milford

In 1998 on a mission trip to South Africa with Bob Hayes, God began to burden Edward’s heart about full-time ministry. After surrendering to this call, he began to make preparations for training at Bible college. It was also during this time that he met his wife April; they were married in 2003 and have four children, Hayley, Caden, Alayna and Everly.

Edward entered full-time ministry at First Baptist Church in Milford in 2004. His role included running the children’s ministries of the church and developing material for Master Clubs. In 2011, the Barclays left the ministry in Ohio and moved to Loveland, Colorado to plant Hope Baptist Church. This storefront church has continued to grow during these last 7 years and has enjoyed many salvations and baptisms, strong attendance, and steady growth. Before he left Hope, the church was averaging 204 per week and had a record day of 448. The Barclays have now returned to Milford where Edward is serving on the pastoral staff of First Baptist Church of Milford.

Chad Braley
Pastor - Faith Baptist Church

Pastor Chad Braley followed the leading of the Lord and became the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, in October, 2014. Prior to Faith Baptist he served as an assistant pastor for 7 years at the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. He also served two and a half years as an assistant/youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in Caldwell, New Jersey. He and his wife Laura have been married for 14 years and have been serving the Lord together ever since. They are blessed with one beautiful daughter, Alivia Grace.

Penney Braley

Penney has served in various ministries within the church since 1993. Since 2007 that has included the scheduling of the nursery department.

Howard & Jason Caldwell
Evangelist - Seeing Truth Ministries

Howard & Jason Caldwell are a father-son team of evangelists sent out by the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Winchester, Virginia. Howard and Jason have a combined ministry experience of fifty-five years. In 2006 they started Seeing Truth Ministries. This ministry is an independent Baptist Church ministry dedicated to the propagation of the gospel, producing target programs for the local church and providing itself as an evangelistic and instructional tool in the local church. They offer Family Crusades, Vacation Bible Schools, Bus Promotion Sundays, Church Camps, Sportsmen’s Banquets with live birds of prey demonstration, Revivals, & Missions Conferences.

Luke Clayton
Director - Must Increase Media

Luke Clayton is the founder of Must Increase Media, a creative agency that has been privileged to work with hundreds of churches and ministries to provide products and services in the areas of design, web, video, and more. Luke has over a decade of both volunteer and professional media experience serving as a church creative director for 5 years before starting Must Increase in 2016.

Kurt Copeland
Youth Pastor - Franklin Road Baptist Church

Kurt was born in Pekin, IL on February 23, 1971. He is the youngest of four boys. Kurt trusted in Christ as his personal Savior on January 11, 1982 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mattoon, IL. Pastor Norm Amstutz led him to the Lord.
The Copeland family moved to Murfreesboro, TN in December of 1985. While working as a Ranch Hand at the Bill Rice Ranch during the summer of 1986, Kurt surrendered to full time Christian service. Kurt graduated from Franklin Road Christian School in 1989 and enrolled at Pensacola Christian College for the fall of 1989 majoring in Missions. After graduation in December 1993, Kurt and Christy (Payne) (also from Murfreesboro, TN area) were married on January 1, 1994. After serving 2 years as a youth pastor in Florida, on June 1st of 1994, Kurt answered the call to return to Franklin Road Baptist Church as Youth Pastor. Kurt was also able to earn a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from West Coast Baptist College in 2009 and an earned Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Bethany Divinity College in 2017.
God has given the Copeland’s two beautiful daughters, Angel Dawn was born on October 9, 1997 and then their second little girl, Gabrielle Daye, was born on November 7, 2000. God has blessed the Copeland family tremendously!
God has also blessed the youth ministry of Franklin Road Baptist Church. Since the spring of 2008, the youth ministry had experienced a strong touch of revival. With an average of over 200 teens in attendance each Sunday, souls saved weekly, and teenagers surrendering to the Will of God; the touch of God has been very evident. It is Kurt’s desire to see teens saved and surrender to live for the Lord with their life. After 26 years of serving in youth work together, Kurt & Christy feel God’s call to reach teenagers for Christ.

Rhonda Damhorst

Mrs. Damhorst (or Mrs. D as she is affectionately called here at First Baptist) was saved at the age of 12 while attending the First Baptist Church of Milford. As a faithful teenager in the church the Lord began using her to teach a Sunday School class of 4 and 5 year olds. Mrs. D remained in the church as a children’s worker from the age of 16 to the time that she went to college at Midwestern Baptist in Pontiac, Michigan. In 1971, she received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Midwestern, and then continued her post-graduate years at the University of Detroit in the field of Education. Mrs. D counts it a privilege to have served over 50 years with preschool children, and for more than two decades she has served in Master Clubs with the Little Lambs and Shepherds. This year we are thrilled to have her lead a workshop in the Beginner Department.

Dan Delong
Director - BIMI Candidate & Deputation

For over 40 years, Dan DeLong has been serving the Lord in the ministry full-time. He had been in missions for over 15 years as a church planter for Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) He presently is the Director for the BIMI Deputation and Candidate Schools. He is in charge of recruitment of new missionaries around the world. He speaks in missions conferences, youth camps, revival meetings, and Christian school seminars.

Bill Duttry
Senior Pastor - First Baptist Church of Milford

Pastor Bill Duttry was called to the First Baptist Church of Milford as Executive Pastor in August, 1998, and later assumed the role of Senior Pastor in October, 1999. He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Bible College where he met his wife, Pam. Pastor and Pam have three children. We are grateful for Pastor’s leadership role in this ministry and challenge you to take the opportunity to get to know him this week.

Sherry Ellington
Director of Distribution - Master Ministries

Sherry has served as the Director of Distribution for Master Ministries since 2005. She also volunteers as the Master Club Secretary for FBCM. Sherry is married to Ted and has four children and two grandchildren!

David Gibbs
President - CLA

Founder and President of Christian Law Association, a nationwide legal ministry of helps dedicated to defending Christian liberty in America.

John Godfrey
Pastor - Immanuel Baptist Church

Pastor John W. Godfrey Jr. was privileged to be born into a pastor’s home. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of five. He attended and graduated from Great Hope Baptist School in Chesapeake, Virginia. After high school, Brother Godfrey attended Ambassador Baptist College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Pastoral Studies. After his junior year of college, he married Kristin, his childhood sweetheart. He then began working full-time at Ambassador Baptist College as the Men’s Dormitory Supervisor. After three years, God moved the Godfrey family to Chesapeake, Virginia where Brother Godfrey became a staff member of Great Hope Baptist Church and School with the goal of getting some local church experience before pastoring. After six months, God opened the door for Brother Godfrey to begin serving as the Youth Pastor of Great Hope Baptist Church. He had the privilege of working for his father, Pastor John W. Godfrey Sr., for the next five and half years. During the six years that Pastor Godfrey was in Chesapeake, he attended Tabernacle Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Religious Education degree. God has blessed the Godfrey family with six wonderful boys. On November 13, 2011 Brother Godfrey accepted the pastorate of Immanuel Baptist Church in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and it is his desire to have a ministry founded on Biblical preaching and focused on building families.

Michael Goodson
Teacher - Milford Christian Academy

Michael is a veteran teacher with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and Christian school classroom. He has served in a variety of lay leadership positions in churches.

Dan Jessup
Director - Master Ministries

Bro. Dan Jessup joined FBC in the summer of 2015 when he became the director of Master Ministries. Before his arrival, Bro. Jessup had spent almost 20 years as an ordained pastor working as an assistant at churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia. During that time he was an active youth director, chapel speaker, Bible class teacher, bus ministry director, children’s ministry pastor, adult Sunday School teacher, academy administrator, and most of all a successful Master Clubs director at the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Winchester, Virginia! FBC and Master Ministries have a great expectation that the Lord will use Bro. Jessup to give direction to the Loving and Leading Conference and to edify the children and youth ministries of our respective churches.

April Jessup
Director of Development - Master Ministries

Mrs. Jessup joined FBC and Master Ministries in the summer of 2015 when her husband became the general director. Dan and April have been blessed with three children: Kayla, Leah, and Ethan. Before her arrival, April had spent almost 20 years in children and youth ministry at churches in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. During that time she worked in daycare, taught various grade levels at Christian school, participated in special music and choir, and filled the role of Master Clubs secretary. Most recently Mrs. Jessup has assumed the role of “Director of Development” in Master Ministries and has spent much time travelling these past few year to train workers in Master Clubs, edit existing and develop new curriculum.

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